On english.stackexchange.com, I have access to the moderation tools, and I have noticed that the number of flagged posts was first 5, and now it's 4.

How is this possible? As far I can see, it's only possible to flag a post, not to remove the flag added to a post.

Moderation Tools

I tried selecting 30d, 14d, 7d, but the result is always the same. To notice that the last time I checked was yesterday, or maybe two days ago.
EDIT: The flagged posts were two, and they are still two now that the flag counter is decreased.

4 Answers 4


To sum up the other three answers

Flags can disappear in five ways.

  • After two days, a flag will "age away" and disappear.
  • If a post reaches the flag threshold (6), the post will be removed from the system. The flags will disappear from your view.
  • Rolling back a post will clear any offensive flags it gained for that revision.
  • Moderators can clear flags.
  • If a post is deleted by the community or OP, its flags will not show up in the 10k flags view.

To add on the other answers, diamonds actually can clear flags.

Also, a post that gets rolled back will clear offensive flags.

I can't flag my own post as offensive or spam. But I do need at least one revision to actual roll back from!

And on a completely unrelated and spammy note, people should play MMT. It is an excellent game and you can pick up a free demo version from the site linked in that wiki!

  • Thank you :) Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:05
  • @Tobias I did seriously consider using "above" just to see how you'd react. ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:06
  • @GraceNote :p since all three answers are correct, it would be fair if all were +1ed by everyone voting at all thus keeping the order... Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:10
  • I'm not actually sure rollbacks clear offensive flags anymore. Care to try it out, Grace Note and @Tobias Kienzler? I think an offensive flag from me would destroy the post immediately.
    – mmyers
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:18
  • There, now someone can flag me for offensively saying "actual" instead of "actually". Ima wait for a Spam flag, that way I can see if it applies to only offensive, both, or neither.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:21
  • The flag appears in the view. wait five minutes, then roll back.
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:22
  • @mmyers♦: flagged. I'm insulted by "revision" :p Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:24
  • 2
    @devinb I will be sad if I manage to get 5 offensive before I get a spam.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:24
  • funny, I flagged offensive, and now when I try to flag as spam the error still reads "you can only spam flag this post once" bug reported Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:25
  • @Tobias The two are basically equivalent, since if the sum of both is 6 then the result is the same. The only difference is that spam flags might be used to help construct proactive defense measures in the future.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:27
  • @Grace Note: Than we better don't trigger your account to be treated as potential spammer :7 Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:30
  • Successfully spam flagged. @mmyers
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:31
  • Okay, 2 - 2. Heaven or hell, let's rock! ; That didn't seem to actually do anything.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:31
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    Offensive flags cleared. Spam flags are not.
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:32
  • Can you do me a solid and temporarily delete this post? See if the flags disappear?
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:33

Did you read this on the right?

Flags will automatically and harmlessly age away after 2 days if they fail to reach the threshold in that time.

  • I read it, but I misunderstood what it meant. As the flags count is now 3, I would think this the reason why it is decreasing.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 10:20

If enough users have flagged a post it will get removed (quote from SO):

If any post reaches 6 flags, it is automatically removed from the system.

This will also remove it from the moderation tools.

  • This wouldn't make it decrease by one, it would decrease by 6
    – juan
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:04
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    @Juan depends on the last time he looked at it. If a post with 1 flag got flagged into removal while he wasn't looking, it would appear to go down by just one.
    – devinb
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 14:17
  • I forgot to say that the flagged posts were two when the count shown 5 flags, and they were still 2 when the flags count shown 4.
    – apaderno
    Commented Aug 26, 2010 at 22:35

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